Monthly Archives: April 2012

Baseball, Knitting & Music

After posting “Purl vs. Pearl,” I started thinking about music and how music of the 20th and 21st centuries tends to reflect activities that are stereotypically in a “man’s realm” rather than those in a “woman’s realm.”  That got me pondering over … Continue reading

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Mariusgenser

Yet another sweater that screams national identity for Norwegians is the Mariusgenser.  This sweater, designed in the 1950s, was named after a then well-known Norwegian skier (slalom) named Marius Eriksen. Here I am wearing the Mariusgenser my grandmother made for … Continue reading

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Purl vs. Pearl

Anne MacDonald’s No Idle Hands:  The Social History of American Knitting (1988), was eagerly devoured by an excited audience of devoted knitters.  It goes without saying that for those of us who love U.S. history, it was especially exciting. From the … Continue reading

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Fanakoften

Long one of my favorite traditional Norwegian patterns is the Fanakofte. Here is a portrait of my mother wearing the Fanakofte and hat knit for her by my grandmother. This would be around 1938. My grandmother also knit me one; … Continue reading

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“A man may work from sun to sun …”

“… but a woman’s work is never done.”  That was one of the first phrases my grandmother learned to say in English.  I always wondered why that phrase (?!).  Nor did I really understand what that meant until I started … Continue reading

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Karen’s Lusegenser

My grandmother knit a lot of (Norwegian) traditionally-patterned sweaters for me, frequently with matching hats. Here is a photo (early ’60s) of my mother and me on a ski trip in Southern Norway. I was very proud to wear my new … Continue reading

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DMC PDF

This morning I scanned in the pages of the old Die Firma Dollfus-Mieg & Cie booklet I found among the old Norwegian magazines from my grandmother.  It is 14 pages long; I was able to fit 2 booklet pages on each PDF page.  Et … Continue reading

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